or


[04/20/10 - 12:08 AM]
Development Update: Tuesday, April 20
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!


COPS (FOX) - The network has ordered a 23rd season of its Saturday mainstay. The series - which is approaching its 800th episode - currently averages 5.0 million viewers each week, including a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. To date the John Langley-produced franchise has shown 2,044 arrests across 140 U.S. cities.


CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (CBS) - Co-star Laurence Fishburne has reupped his deal with the series to return for the 2010-11 season. The actor joined the series two seasons ago as the replacement for William Petersen's character. Said pact, at the time, was valued as "one of the richer casting deals on TV." No financial specifics however were given.


FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (DirecTV) - Gil McKinney ("ER") has landed a six-episode arc on the show's upcoming fifth season. He'll play "a smart and attractive graduate teaching assistant in a college history department who is married, but, with his wife away on sabbatical, he strikes up a relationship with Julie Taylor (Aimee Teegarden) that will become more than professional."


FRINGE (FOX) - Executive producer Jeff Pinkner has inked a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. The pact covers his duties as day-to-day showrunner on the series, which was recently renewed for a third season, as well as develop new series projects for the studio. J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman also serve as executive producers on the series.


THE GREAT ESCAPE (TNT, New!) - Imagine Television and Fox Television Studios are set to team for a potential reality series that "challenges contestants to escape from big-screen-inspired situations." A pilot has already been shot for the project, in which "teams are dropped off blindfolded in a different extreme environment - lost in the desert, trapped in the mountains, locked in a prison, marooned on an island - and must figure their way out through multiple stages and escape to win a cash prize." Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, David Nevins and Justin Hochberg are executive producing.


LIVIN' ON A PRAYER (CBS) - Brandon Hardesty ("American Pie Presents: The Book of Love") has booked the final principal role on the comedy pilot, about a Pittsburgh couple (Kyle Bornheimer, Lindsay Sloane) who are dating - and mulling the next stage of their relationship. He'll play PK, the brother/co-worker of Sloane's character who's "super enthusiastic about life because the world has yet to kick him on the teeth." Jaime Pressly and Joe Manganiello also star in the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour, which comes from co-creators Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, Joe Kelly and Kourtney Kang. Pamela Fryman directs.


OPEN BOOKS (CBS) - Aisha Tyler and Scott Foley have each landed roles on the comedy pilot, about June Gage (Laura Benanti), a book editor at a boutique New York publishing house. She'll play Lydia, June's "best friend, libidinous, glamorous, waitress-actress." Foley, who's attached as a regular on the ABC drama pilot "True Blue," then will guest star as Dylan Fargo ("scruffy-hot, eternally bemused"), a writer who once had a fling with June. Kevin Rahm and Patti LuPone also star in the Warner Bros. Television-based comedy, which James Burrows is directing from a script by Gail Lerner.


TERRA NOVA (FOX) - Brannon Braga has reportedly been tapped as the showrunner of Steven Spielberg's much-ballyhooed sci-fi drama, about "a family from 100 years in the future who travel back in time 150 million years to prehistoric Earth ruled by dinosaurs." The project, which is being eyed for a direct-to-series commitment, was penned by Craig Silverstein and Kelly Marcel with Spielberg attached to executive produce alongside Aaron Kaplan, Peter Chernin, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Katherine Pope. Last month, Braga inked a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with "Nova" producer 20th Century Fox Television.


UNTITLED JAMIE FOXX PROJECT (FOX) - Erica Ash, Eric Andre, Kyle Dunnigan and Dana DeLorenzo have all been cast in the Jamie Foxx-produced sketch comedy pilot. They'll join the previously cast Affion Crockett. Tantamount, Foxx King Entertainment and Fox Television Studios are all behind the project, which is executive produced by Foxx, Adam Small, Fax Bahr, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Marcus King and Jaime Rucker King. Small, Bahr, Crockett and Carl Jones are the writers.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [april 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· COPS (SPIKE TV)
· CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (CBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· ER (NBC)
· FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (DIRECTV)
· FRINGE (FOX)
· GREAT ESCAPE, THE (TNT)
· IN THE FLOW WITH AFFION CROCKETT (FOX)
· LIVIN' ON A PRAYER (CBS)
· OPEN BOOKS (CBS)
· TERRA NOVA (FOX)
· TRUE BLUE (ABC)









[05/28/15 - 03:00 PM]
ABC Family Casts Jon Cor as Hodge Starkweather for Its Saga Series "Shadowhunters"
Hodge Starkweather is the weapons trainer at the Shadowhunters New York Institute and a former Circle member.

[05/28/15 - 12:31 PM]
Keke Palmer Will Join the Pink Ladies in "Grease: Live" on FOX
In addition, Broadway writers Robert Cary ("Anything but Love," "Ira & Abby") and Jonathan Tolins ("Buyer & Cellar," "The Last Sunday in June") will write the live television adaptation.

[05/28/15 - 12:04 PM]
Crown Media Family Networks & Best Friends Animal Society Commemorate June's Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month on Hallmark Channel's Daytime Lifestyle Program, "Home & Family"
Happy the Cat, a rescue himself and official feline ambassador to Hallmark Channel's Pet Project, will be the face of the month-long stunt and will make a special appearance on "Home & Family."

[05/28/15 - 11:07 AM]
Bakers Battle to Rise to the Top on Food Network's "Cake Wars"
Jonathan Bennett hosts this grueling competition, as the decorated bakers aim to impress master pastry chefs Ron Ben-Israel and Waylynn Lucas, as well as episodic guest judges.

[05/28/15 - 11:00 AM]
AMC's "Hell on Wheels" Season 5 to Premiere Saturday, July 18 at 9:00PM ET/PT
Seven new episodes will air this summer, with the final seven episodes of the series following in 2016.

[05/28/15 - 10:54 AM]
Electus International Signs Multiple Finished Tape Deals for ITV's "Bear Grylls: Mission Survive"
The six episode series, which premiered in the UK in February 2015, is produced by Bear Grylls Ventures, Electus, and betty.

[05/28/15 - 10:52 AM]
The Final Countdown to FIFA Women's World Cup 2015(TM) Has Begun
The campaign marks the crescendo of an unprecedented, company-wide multi-platform marketing initiative that began in 2014.

[05/28/15 - 10:51 AM]
NBC Announces Casting Call for Dorothy in Holiday Production of "The Wiz Live!"
Casting directors will be looking for a young African-American woman between 18-27 years old.

[05/28/15 - 10:45 AM]
"Unraveled" and "I'd Kill for You" Are Back - Hit Peacock Productions Series Return to Investigation Discovery
Both series are set to premiere in 2016.

[05/28/15 - 10:19 AM]
The Return of WE tv's "Braxton Family Values" Delivers 1.8 Million Total Viewers and a Series High Among Adults and Women 25-54
WE tv further spins the numbers for Thursday, May 21.

[05/28/15 - 10:06 AM]
"The Big Bang Theory" Goes Stratospheric for STEM Scholars
In the first-ever university scholarship at UCLA created by and named for a television series, "The Big Bang Theory" and the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation have established The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment.

[05/28/15 - 10:05 AM]
"Lauren Lake's Paternity Court" Begins Third Season of Production in Atlanta
"With the series receiving ratings highs this season, I'm ecstatic to be returning to Atlanta for our third season to help people resolve their legal paternity issues," said Lauren Lake.

[05/28/15 - 09:31 AM]
Spike TV's "Catch a Contractor" Returns for a Third Season of Exposing Crooked Contractors on Sunday, June 21 at 10PM ET/PT
This season not only sets out to aid 10 new families in grim living circumstances, but also gives viewers a never-before-seen glimpse behind the scenes of the tense sting operations and the meticulous coordination needed to nab these deceitful conmen.

[05/28/15 - 09:23 AM]
Oxygen Media Launches New Online Destination "Very Real" as a One-Stop Shop for Millennial Women
"Very Real" will be home to digital content including shareable videos, in-depth features, blogs, quizzes, listicles and more.

[05/28/15 - 09:22 AM]
Video: Comedy Central Sets Premiere Date for "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah"
Trevor Noah starts his new job on Monday, September 28.